PhD Program in Curriculum, Instruction, and Teacher Education

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Curriculum, Instruction, & Teacher Education Ph. D.
Application Checklist

To apply to the Curriculum, Instruction, and Teacher Education PhD program, you must upload the following materials in PDF format to the graduate education application portal. Once you have submitted your paid application to the Graduate School, you will receive an email invitation to upload your application materials to the Graduate Education Application Portal. You will need your applicant ID number and the password you created when you completed your application to graduate school.

The Graduate Education Application Portal URL is .

1. MSU Application for Graduate Study and fee ($50.00 US)

Submit Online

2. Current Curriculum Vitae

Upload to Portal

3. Statement of Professional Goals

(different and separate from item #22 in the online Application for Graduate Study)

Upload to Portal

4. Writing Sample

Upload to Portal

5. Letters of Reference: Three (3) completed reference letters with department cover form attached. CITE Cover Form

Recommender Uploads to Portal

6. Official (sealed in a university envelope) transcripts: One official transcript from each degree granting  institution. We will obtain all MSU transcripts if you have previously attended MSU.

International students must also include certified copies of degree certificates with notarized English translation of all transcript materials. International students must follow additional directions posted on the "For International Students" webpage.

Mail to CITE Program Secretary

7. Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

The MSU institution code is 1465. A department code is not needed

Testing Institution should send scores electronically directly to MSU Office of Admissions
The Application files will not be reviewed until the application fee is paid and all required application materials are received.


Where To Send Transcripts (CITE Office Address)

CITE Doctoral Program Office
Attn: Doctoral Program Secretary
Department of Teacher Education
Michigan State University
620 Farm Lane, 347 Erickson Hall
East Lansing, MI 48824-1034
Phone: (517) 432-7705
Fax: (517) 432-5092


Application deadlines

Students wishing to be considered for university and college multiyear fellowships must have the application and all application materials uploaded to their portal by December 1. All other applicants should have their applications complete as soon as possible after that date. While applications can be submitted throughout the year, almost all application decisions are made for the Fall semester and it is rare for decisions to be made for any other semester.

More Application Information

For more detailed information about the application process and application materials, please visit our comprehensive Application Process page.